The following is a list of course descriptions of all youth ministry classes as well as other courses taught by professors of the Youth Ministry Department. Some courses have sample syllabi explaining the learning objectives and course work.
NT244 (3 units)
Gospel of John
Expository and theological examination of John's gospel with emphasis on the Johannine distinctives and spiritual insights into Jesus as The Word made flesh and Son of God. (Prerequisites: BIBL104)
NT312B (2 units)
This course is presented as an expositional, theological, devotional and interactive study of the Epistle of James. (Prerequisite: BIBL349)
YMIN175 (3 units)
Youth Ministry Skills
An examination of organizational issues and job seeking skills, focusing on resumes, staff relationships, budgets, and time management. An introduction to discipling, evangelism, youth leadership, legal issues, dealing with tragedy, discipline, service projects, publicity, fund raising, mission and service, measuring effectiveness, staying and leaving.
YMIN237 (2 units)
Ministering to Families with Teenagers
An in depth exploration of the concept and practice of effective ministries to families in the local church. Emphasis will be on family enrichment programs designed to strengthen and equip families in developing healthy family relationships.
YMIN273 (2 units)
Camping Administration and Programming
A hands on approach to planning and conducting summer camps, church retreats, wilderness experiences, and other off-site events. Development of a philosophy of camping ministries. Will culminate with a weekend retreat planned by and for the students of the class (additional charge).
YMIN283 (2 units)
Youth Culture, Trends and Issues
The course emphasizes culture shifts and trends affecting adolescents. Understanding why teenagers act the way they do and developing ministry responses that meet those needs. A closer look at current and significant issues including: peer pressure, sexual patterns and attitudes, mass media, school, movies, TV, magazines, advertising, Internet, music, drugs and alcohol, gangs, violence, self-mutilation, substance abuse, and eating disorders.
YMIN341 (3 units)
Moral and Faith Development in Youth
An analysis of the dynamics of key developmental issues involved in the spiritual formation of adolescents. Attention is given to classical Contemporary Discipleship such as prayer, fasting, scripture reading and Christian meditation. Students will look at their own spiritual growth along with learning principles in being able to guide and disciple another in their faith journey. (Prerequisite: Junior class standing)
YMIN373 (2 units)
Youth and Missions
Through analysis of qualifications, obstacles, programs and raising support, this course assists in the preparation of selecting a mission field for youth. An emphasis will be placed on cultural sensitivity and crosscultural living. (Prerequisite: Junior class standing)
YMIN391 (3 units)
Christian Education of Youth
An introduction to creative Bible teaching to youth, including skills in conversing one on one with youth and communicating to the adolescent. Involves an expanded section on experiential learning through games, simulation and role playing. (Prerequisite: Junior class standing)
YMIN426 (2 units)
An exploration of strategies and techniques of counseling adolescents. The class will examine needs and problems of normal and troubled adolescents including self image, sexuality, eating disorders, suicide and depression. Attention will be given to recognizing warning signs and understanding the referral process. (Prerequisite: Junior class standing)
YMIN431 (3 units)
Urban/Parachurch Youth Ministry
Developing a cultural sensitivity to those with different backgrounds and developing strategies for effective ministry within those cultures. Historical background as well as the policies and methodologies of key inner city and parachurch ministries will be examined. (Prerequisite: Junior class standing)
YMIN463 (3 units)
Philosophy of Youth Ministry
A study of the importance of youth ministry. An exploration of philosophies and models of youth ministry. Particular attention is given to the organization of a comprehensive youth ministry via guest lecturers from local area youth ministers. Students will develop a conceptual Biblical framework for youth ministry including purpose and strategies. The course will include appropriate onsite observations of various models and programs. (Prerequisite: Junior class standing)
YMIN475 (3 units)
Youth Ministry Internship
This is a supervised training experience assisting in a local church, parachurch, or appropriate ministry setting. The student will be able to practice and sharpen performance skills in a ministry setting working alongside an experienced qualified supervisor. Opportunities will be provided for participation in planning, organizing and administering a youth ministry. This course is the designated service learning course within this major. Service credit can be earned for successful completion of this course. (Prerequisite: Junior class standing). More information about the internship program can be found on the Internships page.